The deadline for the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition was Feb. 1, 2013. The competition is now closed.
The purpose and priorities of the 2013 competition are the encouragement of innovations in the assessment of clinical competence or performance of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners. Priority will be given to proposals that show promise in contributing to the knowledge and understanding of measurement in clinical assessment and to clinical program evaluation methods for medical education. The proposal must focus on research, not development, in the assessment of performance or clinical assessment.
Of special interest will be proposals that focus on the following themes:
Other curiosity-driven research topics will be considered, but preference may be given to topics in these areas.
The award is intended to address two target groups:
Senior investigators are also encouraged to apply; however, preference may be given to junior investigators in order to foster the development of new researchers.
If the principle investigator (PI) is a graduate student, a faculty supervisor is required. This supervisor must hold an appointment at a Canadian medical school or health science faculty, or in a research institute at a teaching hospital or similar non-profit medical organization. This supervisor must write a letter of support indicating that he or she will oversee the project and assume full responsibility for the grant deliverables and the disbursement of grant funds. Otherwise, the PI must hold an appointment at a Canadian medical school, health science faculty or in a research institute at a teaching hospital or similar non-profit medical organization.
For PIs submitting proposals that are based on a portion of their thesis, the application should be tailored to the specific purpose of the Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition as outlined above and stand on its own merit.
The duration of the project must be no more than 12 months in length. The start date of the project must fall between July 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The total limit per application is $37,500, which can be spread over 12 months of support (i.e., July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). However, applicants with innovative proposals requiring smaller, short-term amounts (e.g., master’s projects) are encouraged to apply.
The MCC reserves the right to withhold 25 per cent of the awarded monies until a final report has been submitted to and accepted by the MCC.
Applicants who have received an MCC grant but have failed to submit a satisfactory final report by the specified deadline are not eligible to apply for another MCC grant until they have submitted the report, at minimum.
Applications should be formatted in 11-point font, at minimum, and should not exceed 10 pages in length including references. Within reason, additional supporting documentation may be included as appendices (e.g., questionnaires, tables, etc.)
Proposals should be formatted under the following headings:
Applications must be accompanied by abbreviated CVs from the PI and each of the co-applicants outlining their education, research training, academic positions held and publications over the past five years.
In order to be considered for funding, each proposal must contain the following:
By submitting a proposal for consideration, the applicant certifies that all research described in the proposal is accurately cited and that the reference list is complete. If it is determined that a proposal contains plagiarised content, the application will be removed from the current competition and may result in the PI and co-applicants being excluded from future MCC grant competitions.
Here are examples of allowable line items:
The following are examples of items that the MCC typically will not cover; it is expected that these will be provided in-kind by the applicant's organization:
Please note, the above-mentioned lists are not exhaustive. If you are unsure if certain items would be covered, please contact email@example.com. The MCC will not fund salaries for principal investigators or indirect administrative surcharges after the fact. All indirect costs arising from the study, including university administrative surcharges or levies, must be submitted in the application’s budget as identifiable direct cost line items.
Applications to the MCC’s Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition undergo a comprehensive review process.
Once an application is accepted, grant acceptance guidelines must be signed by the PI (and their faculty supervisor, where applicable) and submitted to the MCC. Please review the current guidelines for researchers who hold a faculty position. Furthermore, please review the guidelines for graduate students and their supervisors.
The MCC requires that all grant recipients acknowledge the MCC’s contributions to their projects through its Research in Clinical Assessment grant program in any subsequent publication or presentation of the results of this study. Copies of all presentations, reports, publications, posters, etc. must be shared with the MCC.
Prior to submitting an application for the Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition, researchers may find it helpful to review this checklist to ensure that their application is complete.
At the time of application, all documentation should be submitted in PDF format. Proposals should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MCC Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition welcomes volunteers who are interested in reviewing grant applications. We make an effort to match grant applications to the reviewers’ area(s) of expertise. If you are interested in serving as an expert external reviewer for this year’s competition, please contact us at email@example.com.
Reviewer benefits include:
Should you have any questions about the 2013 Research in Clinical Assessment grant competition, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.